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Typhoon #13 – Sinlaku (Aftermath)

In the end, Typhoon #13 didn’t end up moving quite as expected. Instead of touching down on Shikoku, it ended up running a neat line along the south coast of Japan, maintaining a reasonable distance from the coast at all times. Thankfully, the distance has been to keep most areas away from the worst of the storm, and we’ve managed to get away quite lightly this time around.

Lightly, that is, but not entirely.

Thankfully, the actual damage reported as being caused by the storm hasn’t been all that great. Several roads in the prefecture were closed when the storm came through, and a total of 13 families in mountainous areas were evacuated as a precaution. The largest damage that I am aware of was a small landslide down in the Anan City area that shut down a section of Route 283, the Wajiki Katsuura Line for a while, but work on the blockage had it freed up again by 11:30 this morning.

For anyone living in Tokushima, it’s been a bit difficult to notice that water levels in the prefecture’s dams have been a little on the slim side over the last month or two. The good news is that the rainfall caused by the typhoon has been enough to bring them back to a reasonable level. According to an article in the Tokushima Press this morning, the release of water restrictions after the typhoon signalled the end of a 57 day drought that began on July 25.

Furthermore, according to reports from the Japan Water Agency, a total of 43.5mm of rain was recorded in the upstream area about the Sameura Dam between 11am on the 17th to 10am on the 19th. In the downstream area, 40.2mm of rain was recorded from the same time on the 17th to 1pm on the 19th. As of 6pm on the 19th, this meant there was a total of 27.8 tonnes of water flowing through the Sameura Dam, while the Ikeda Dam saw 96.9 tonnes. That’s a lot of water!

Well, we’ve managed to get away lightly on this one, but typhoon season isn’t over yet, and there is no saying what might be coming around the corner. So for now, stay safe, and keep an eye out on the weather report for potential incoming storms.

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